We can help you with drawer slides!

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Drawer Slides, News

Accuride started out designing slides for the industrial and electromechanical market and has grown to become a global expert in the design, manufacture, and integration of movement solutions. This has earned Accuride products a reputation for quality and reliability. Their staff takes pride in guiding customers to the most effective and practical solution.

Accuride products are used to provide movement, positioning, and access in a vast range of applications across a broad spectrum of industries, including:

  • Automotive and transportation
  • Enclosures for data storage and communications
  • Mobile and static equipment and supply storage
  • Machinery and manufacturing
  • Emergency and utility vehicles
  • Industrial equipment and storage units
  • Medical equipment

Tried & True Performance

Our stringent testing procedures reflect the real-world conditions and include extensive cycle testing, salt spray and moisture exposure, slamming, vibration, and more to ensure continued dynamic performance under demanding conditions.

Special Attributes

We offer a large selection of slides with technology and features specifically designed to enhance industrial applications such as:

  • Weather-resistant and corrosion resistant finishes
  • Two-way travel for access from both sides of an installation
  • Lock-in & lock-out to secure slides in the open and closed positions
  • Soft close, self-closing, and touch release features
  • Corrosion resistant aluminum or stainless steel slides
  • Mounting options such as brackets or bayonet/pocket systems

Click here for more information about the features and components of Accuride slides.

If you’re looking for heavy-duty slides for industrial plant equipment or slides with compact cross sections to maximize space efficiency, Accuride can provide you with the ultimate solution.

Choices Galore

Although best known for ball bearing drawer slides, explore our Product Catalog to find out more about Accuride’s specialty solutions such as our linear motion slides and innovative electronic locking products.

NEW Electronic Locking Swinghandle Supports Proximity Card and Smart Card Credentials!

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in News

Southco
New Product Announcement
New Integrated Electronic Locking Swinghandle Supports Proximity Card and Smart Card Credentials Southco’s new H3-EM 65 Series Electronic Locking Swinghandle provides an integrated HID SE® smart card reader. This fully integrated intelligent lock supports multiple RFID readers, providing a higher level of security and facilitating the transition to new security technologies used to manage access to keyless entry points at the equipment level.
  • Reads HID 125 kHz prox, 13.56 MHz iCLASS® and MIFARE® smart card credentials
  • Easy integration with standard rack monitoring and security systems
  • Integrated LED indicators for lock and reader status monitoring
  • Fits industry standard panel preps for easy installation
Learn more about Southco’s H3-EM Electronic Locking Swinghandle with Integrated Multi-class RFID Reader
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PICK THE COMPONENTS FIRST!

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in News, Uncategorized

My_Cool_IdeaSo you have a great new idea and you’re still working out the details. Maybe you’re still in the “brainstorming” stage or the “drawing on a napkin” stage.  If your design incorporates things like latches, locks, drawer slides, gasketing, or any component you won’t be fabricating yourself,  you’ll want to consider those components early in the design process and not at the very end.

One of the common pitfalls in designing products is overlooking these seemingly little things.  If this happens, the designer is often left looking for what we call the “Houdini Latch”*.  The Houdini Latch is one that’s never been made, or perhaps functions in a way that no latch* is designed to function and is simply not available.  It doesn’t exist. What generally happens next is that the designer is forced to do one of two things:  design a completely new latch, which is time-consuming and costly or make significant changes to the design of their product, which is also (you guessed it) time-consuming and costly.

What’s the answer?  Identify the hardware components you’ll need early in the design process.  You’ll have the specifications and design requirements early, so you can adapt your product to make them work.  Even if you have to adjust your original design, it’s easier to do it now than to make significant changes later.  Don’t worry if there are no off-the-shelf products that fit perfectly.  Hopefully, there’s time to work with your supplier or parts distributor to come up with a custom solution.  Again, it’s better to do this early on, especially if you’ll have to consider longer lead times.

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE.

Even if you’re a little beyond the “drawing on a napkin” stage, we can still offer you practical advice and world-class solutions that will work for you.  Call us today or use our handy Contact Form to reach us!

*..or hinge, or fastener, or drawer slide, or lock, or whatever. 

New Counterbalance Hinge from Southco

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Hinges, News

Southco

New Product Announcement

New Counterbalance Hinge Makes Heavy Lids Feel Lightweight

Southco’s new CA Counterbalance Hinge allows a heavy lid or panel to be lifted with minimal operating effort and will continue to hold it securely in any position. The CA Counterbalance Hinge features an external mounting style, allowing for increased capacity within the enclosure, and eliminates the need for secondary support components.
  • Counterbalances heavy loads and holds doors and panels in position
  • External mounting style frees up interior space within enclosure
  • Eliminates the need for secondary support components
  • Maintains consistent performance without maintenance or readjustment
Learn more about Southco’s CA Counterbalance Hinge
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NEW: The Miniature Embedded Positioning Hinge

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Butt Hinges, Hinges, News, Products

Southco

New Product Announcement

New Miniature Embedded Positioning Hinge Offers Expanded Torque Southco’s newest ST Embedded Positioning Hinge provides precise, reliable positioning of smaller doors and panels that require increased torque. The ST-5A features a miniature design that allows easy installation in thin profile applications, and eliminates the need for secondary support components. Southco’s ST Positioning Hinges are preset during the manufacturing process, eliminating the need for constant maintenance and readjustment, and offer effortless fingertip positioning and a tested, repeatable cycle life validated for 20k cycles of operation.
  • Increased torque value allows precise positioning and smooth operation
  • Compact package occupies minimal space for maximum design flexibility
  • Eliminates the need for secondary support components
  • Maintains consistent performance without maintenance or adjustment
Learn more about Southco’s Miniature ST Embedded Positioning Hinge
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Custom Part? We can do that.

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in About Us, News, Products

I need this part, but I need it to be __________.

Sometimes an off-the-shelf product just won’t work for your application.  You don’t see many cars on the road with ill-fitting door handles, do you? NO!  In some cases, a custom solution might be the only solution that will work for you and your customers.  Thankfully, all of our vendors have the capacity to make changes to any of their custom designs.  Whether it’s a small change to the color or a more substantial change (a new size, different threads, keyway or hole locations) we can be your liaison to the factory to make that change possible.  We have all the contacts to get you quick answers, which saves you time and effort.

We can shorten lead times!

Sometimes they do, but that shouldn’t be an obstacle.  We can help you with long replenishment lead times by stocking your custom products in Winnipeg, and delivering them to you when you need them.  The initial lead time is the only time you might have to wait for product.

We can avoid factory minimums…mostly.

Depending on the nature of the modification, the factory might require that you order a year’s worth of material on one purchase order.  We can help here too!  We can stock your custom products in Winnipeg and ship them to you on a pre-determined schedule of shipments over a 12 month period.  You would need to commit to the whole quantity, but your accountant will love the fact that you’re able to receive them in scheduled deliveries.

We’re here to help, even with the custom stuff.

If you can’t seem to find the right part, or if we have something that’s “close, but not quite right”, let us know.  We’ll have a specialist reach out to you who can give you expert advice, quick answers and most importantly, solutions. Use our handy Contact Form to tell us about your application today!  We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Safety Interlocks Can Be Challenging.

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Hinges, News, Safety

Hinges with built-in Safety Interlocks

Hinges with built-in Safety Interlocks

If your machinery uses safety shields or enclosures, you likely need a safety interlock device of some kind.  These interlocks are sometimes installed as an additional component, which takes time and costs you money. Some interlock devices can even be disabled by the operator to “save time” at the risk of personal injury, even death!

ELESA MAKES IT EASY TO IMPROVE SAFETY!

The CFSW Series Hinges from Elesa is a has multiple integrated safety switches built right in!  And there’s more:
  • Thanks to it’s super-technopolymer housing, this electronic hinge does not require grounding!
  • They are UL approved.
  • They have a high load capacity.  These aren’t just a fancy switch with a working hinge, it’s an awesome hinge with amazing safety features.
  • Can be installed in seconds, with just 4 screws.
  • Meets IP67 ratings for corrosion and water resistance. Bring on the water jets!
  • COMPLETELY TAMPER PROOF
Did we mention that they’re tamper-proof?  Your workplace safety committee will love that!

Available in a range of configurations, the CFSW series hinges designed to be used with most standard aluminum profiles.  They’re also IMQ and UL approved and have a tested life-span of over 1 million cycles. There’s no other integrated safety interlock hinge like it on the market today! Want to learn more? Use our Contact Form to request some literature or a detailed spec sheet.

Introducing Southco’s 4C Wing Knob-style captive screw

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Captive Fasteners, News, Products

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Distinctive Wing Knob-Style Captive Screw Provides Tool-Free Access and Color Differentiation Southco’s new 4C Wing Knob Captive Screw enables quick-access fastening and features an over-molded, distinctively contoured and attractive wing-style head design that can be used to designate access through an array of standard and custom color options. Press-in, flare-in and Surface Mount Technology (SMT) options provide versatility for fastening and unfastening by hand or tool when mounting doors, panels and other hardware components in applications where space is limited.
  • Distinctively contoured wing-style head design for quick access
  • “Prism” colored fasteners to differentiate access points
  • Press-in, flare-in and SMT options
  • Standard Phillips, Torx® and combination recesses available
 
 
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Southco Introduces New Heavy Duty Display Mounting Solutions

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in News, Positioning Technology

AV Arm Southco has expanded its AV Display Mount offering with the heavy duty D40 Series, which includes a Tilt and Swivel Mount (K Series), a Tilt, Swivel and Single Arm (A Series) and a Dual Extension Arm (D Series). The AV-D40 Series provides robust operation and holds larger, heavier displays securely in place during touchscreen operation, under vibration, and when devices are mounted on uneven or unbalanced surfaces.  
  • Extended length, dual swing arm assembly maximizes reach
  • VESA compliant and simple wall mount installation
  • Integrated wire management channels for power cables
  • Smooth exterior with minimal joints for ease of cleaning
  • Validated for 20k cycles of operation without maintenance or adjustment
Learn more about Southco’s AV-D40 Display Mounts Want to learn more about Southco’s products and how they can help you?  Use our Contact Form to reach us!    

We’re making the journey to Hillsborough!

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in News

This July, the Steeves family is meeting in Hillsborough and Moncton, NB for a not-so-little family reunion with a whole lot of our Steeves cousins. We sent the organizers a little video about why we’re going and they posted it!  It took some doing to get us all together at the same time, but I think it was totally worth it!